The Best of MADtv Seasons 8, 9 & 10 contains three hours of the
most hilarious sketches from irreverent hit comedy show MADtv.
MADtv is a late night sketch-comedy show based on the humor of
the popular MAD magazine. Material includes celebrity
impersonations, music video, commercial, movie, and TV show
parodies, recurring characters, musical guests, and the
occasional mock cartoons. The show competes against another
popular sketch-comedy show, the long-running Saturday Night Live,
but the show is aimed at a younger audience. With the show's
revolving-door cast of talented, comedic actors and numerous Emmy
Award nominations, MADtv is truly a success story.
Following the release of MadTV's complete first
season ( /exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002KPHVU/%24%7B0%7D ), this generous
three-hour single-disc collection of sketches, spoofs, and
parodies from the long-running series' three most recent seasons
seems a little slapdash. There is, for example, no opening-credit
sequence, so a newcomer to the series might never know just who
is doing the dead-on Ellen DeGeneres imitation in the season 9
sketch "Letters to Lincoln." This collection includes some of
MadTV's most inspired cross-parodies, including "Oprah: Jackass"
and a pitch-perfect reality TV collision between The Osbournes,
The Anna Nichole Show, Cops, and even a "Jay Walking" Jay Leno.
Also included is one of MadTV's most epic movie parodies, the
"Lords of the Bling: The Two Ta-Tas" as well as "The Honeymooners
2003," still in black and white, but with much coarser language
and a terror alert. Sketches featuring such singularly annoying
characters as hyper-child Stuart (Michael McDonald), ditzy Dot
(Stephnie Weir), and throat-clearing Lorraine are a matter of
taste, although the wildly enthusiastic studio audience greets
their entrances as if they were rock-star royalty). --Donald